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December 20, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.20.11

A Russian spacecraft is about to make an uncontrolled re-entry.
Colorado is thinking spaceport.
And the final surviving member of the B-52 design team has gone west.

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Aero-News Alert: TBM 700 Down In New Jersey

Five People On Board, Structural Failure Possible

A TBM 700 has apparently gone down in the median on an Interstate highway in New Jersey, and as many as five people are thought to have been on board. Witnesses report seeing the airplane 'spiraling out of control' before impacting the ground.

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TSA Spending Bill Under Consideration

Proposed $7.8 Billion Measure Is An Increase Over 2011

A measure to fund TSA to the tune of $7.8 billion next year is making its way through Congress. The U.S. House passed the measure Friday, and it is pending in the U.S. Senate.

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Vega To Fly ESA Experimental Reentry Vehicle

Launch Of IXV Planned In 2014 From French Guiana

The launch of ESA's IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle on Europe's new Vega rocket is now in detailed planning, a major step towards the craft's flight in 2014. After launch into a suborbital trajectory from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, IXV will return to Earth as if from a low-orbit mission, to test and qualify new critical technologies for future reentry vehicles.

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Etihad Airways Becomes Biggest Single Shareholder In airberlin

UAE National Carrier To Provide Five-Year Financing Facilities Of Up To $255 Million

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has agreed to increase its stake in airberlin, Europe’s sixth largest airline, to 29.21 per cent, becoming airberlin’s largest single shareholder. The strategic move, announced Monday in Berlin by Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer James Hogan and airberlin CEO Hartmut Mehdorn, connects the airlines’ extensive networks and frequent flyer programs to offer travellers 239 destinations across 77 countries.

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KJAX Re-Numbers Ruways Due To Magnetic Pole Shift

Three-Day Project Cost $20,000

The Earth's shifting magnetic core has necessitated the re-numbering of the runways at Jacksonville International Airport in Florida. The main runway at KJAX is now designated 08-26, while the secondary runway has been re-numbered 14-32.

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Delta Unveils Schedule For New Domestic Hub At LaGuardia Airport

Airline To Add More Than 100 New Flights In Largest New York Expansion In Decades

Delta Air Lines late last week unveiled its schedule for its new domestic hub at New York's LaGuardia airport (KLGA), expanding its service to include more than 100 new flights and 29 new destinations. The investment will be the largest single expansion by any carrier at LaGuardia in decades.

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Bombardier Doubles Regional Support Locations For BizAv Customers

Three More Business Aircraft RSO Locations Now Operational In Singapore; São Paolo, Brazil; And Sydney, Australia

New business aircraft Regional Support Offices (RSOs) have been opened in Singapore and São Paulo, Brazil by Bombardier. The company has also expanded capabilities at its Sydney, Australia, commercial aircraft RSO to include business aircraft. The new offices are now operational and serving the growing number of Bombardier business aircraft customers in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions.

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Boeing Business Jets Delivers First BBJ To Nanshan Jet Of China

China Emerging As Key Market For Business Jets

Boeing  Business Jets has announced the delivery of a BBJ to Nanshan Jet of Yantai, China, rounding out a strong year of orders and deliveries to Chinese customers. Representatives of Nanshan Jet took delivery of the airplane at the Boeing Delivery Center in Seattle.

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Houston Executive Airport Opens Community Hangar

Available Lease Space Grows To over 102,000 Square Feet

A new 12,000 square-foot hangar has been opened at Houston Executive Airport (KTME), bringing the airport’s hangar lease space to over 102,000 square feet. “The expansion is a tribute to the outstanding customer service and attention to detail provided to our business and personal aircraft owners and pilots,” said EA Executive Director Andrew D. Perry.

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BizAv Grows Over 12 Percent At London Oxford Airport

Now Ranks Number Five Among Key Business Aviation Airports In The UK

London Oxford Airport continued to see its business aviation traffic grow throughout 2011. The airport now supports around 6,000 business aircraft movements a year (15% of Oxford’s overall aviation activity). As 2011 closes, growth is up 12.2% compared with last year, according to independent analysis by EuroControl.

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Centurion Doubles Clutch Life To 600 Hours

Claims Significant Savings For Piston Engine Owners

The Centurion Aircraft Engines AG & Co. KG from Lichtenstein/Germany said Monday that the clutch in current design level Centurion 2.0 and 2.0s diesel engines has been extended from 300 to 600 hours.

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MANUFACTURER: Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. Airplanes Equipped With Pratt & Whitney Canada, Corp. PW610F-A Engines

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MANUFACTURER: Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-500 and -600 series airplanes

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Aero-TV: Stemme S10-VT -- A Whole Other Kind of High-Performance

The Corporate Pilots' Fun Airplane

Nestled among the multi-million-dollar business jets and high-performance turboprops at the NBAA static display in Las Vegas in October was something a little unusual... a motorglider. Alexander Papenberg, CEO of Stemme USA, was showing off the Stemme S10-VT at NBAA for a simple reason. "Lots of corporate pilots fly from A to B IFR during the workday, and on weekends they want to fly a real airplane. They come here, they look at it, and fall in love."

Aero-TV: Stemme S10-VT -- A Whole Other Kind of High-Performance

The Corporate Pilots' Fun Airplane

Nestled among the multi-million-dollar business jets and high-performance turboprops at the NBAA static display in Las Vegas in October was something a little unusual... a motorglider. Alexander Papenberg, CEO of Stemme USA, was showing off the Stemme S10-VT at NBAA for a simple reason. "Lots of corporate pilots fly from A to B IFR during the workday, and on weekends they want to fly a real airplane. They come here, they look at it, and fall in love." And, Papenberg says, "it goes like hell. 140 knots at 10,000 feet on five gallons of gas ... and you can use mogas," he said. But the real beauty of the airplane is when you shut of

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Qantas Reaches Labor Agreement with Licenced Engineers Union

Deal Includes A Three Percent Annual Pay Raise Through 2014

Qantas and the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) have reached a proposed agreement on terms and conditions covering around 1,600 licensed aircraft maintenance engineers. The proposal is intended to form part of a workplace determination that the parties will ask Fair Work Australia to make and would remain in force until December 31, 2014.

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Appeals Court Upholds Union Election Standard

Rules Vote Not Cast Should Not Count As 'No'

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld new labor rules that make it easier for unions to form at airlines ... an issue which has been largely credited with stalling a long-term funding bill for the FAA.

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'Barefoot Bandit' Sentenced To Seven-Plus Years

Will Serve Time In Washington State, Where His Crime Spree Began

Colton Harris-Moore, who became known as "The Barefoot Bandit," has been sentenced to over seven years in prison for his two-year crime spree which ended after he ditched a stolen Cessna Corvalis in the ocean off the coast of Abaco in the Bahamas.

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Winner Aviation Hit With $11.35 Million Judgement Resulting From 2007 Accident

Attorneys Argued That Skymaster Was Improperly Maintained, Leading To The Crash

One of the largest verdicts resulting from an airplane accident was handed down on December 14 by a Philadelphia jury. Dr. Robert Marisco Jr. and his fiancee Heather Moran, both of Akron, Ohio, were awarded $11.35 million in compensatory damages in an action against Winner Aviation Corporation, a repair facility based at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Ohio.

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Conflicting Stories Surface Over Drone Downing

U.S. Cites Possible Pilot Error ... Iran Claims It Took Control Of The Aircraft

Reports differ as to how an RQ-170 Sentinal UAV fell into the hands of Iran. U.S. officials say the drone may have been lost due to a combination of pilot error and mechanical problems, but Iran says it used a GPS hack to convince the aircraft to land.

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Boeing Delivers 7,000th 737

Milestone Airplane Goes To Middle East Low-Cost Carrier flydubai

The 7,000th Boeing 737 to come off the assembly line was delivered last week to Dubai-based flydubai. The airplane is flydubai's 14th Next-Generation 737-800 with the new Boeing Sky Interior. The Boeing 737 is the best-selling commercial jetliner of all time with total orders exceeding 9,300 airplanes, including orders for the new 737 MAX.

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Integrated Cockpit Unveiled For New Sikorsky S-76D Helicopter

Thales Instrumentation Offers 'Click And Fly' Functionality

The Thales TopDeck avionics suite to be installed in Sikorsky's new S-76D helicopter will offer new "click to fly" ability based on a concept that has never been installed on a helicopter before: the Icube-S concept of Intuitivity, Interactivity, Integration and Safety.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.20.11)

"This deal was achievable nine months ago, without the pain for customers and for employees across the wider Qantas business.” Source: Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. FMI: www.qantas.com.au

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.20.11): Almost Ready to Fly (ARF)

A prefabricated R/C model aircraft. ARFs usually require only 1 or 2 evenings to assemble.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.20.11)

Women Who Have Impacted Aviation

The site, created by students in 1998, features short biographies of numerous women pilots as well as astronauts. A great start to pick someone to write a report on for school.

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